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Study: Husbands who do more housework have less sex

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Here are some hot new findings in the world of domestic bliss.

Sociologists say married men who spend more time doing traditionally female chores, such as cooking, cleaning and shopping, report having less sex than husbands who don’t do as much. Conversely, men who did more manly chores, such as yard work, paying bills and auto repairs, reported having more sex.

The study, using data on heterosexual couples in the United States from National Survey of Families and Households, appears in the February issue of American Sociological Review.

As a graph from the paper below, the difference is pretty stark between men who do a lot of “female” chores (core housework) and those who don’t.

Sexual Frequency (times per month) by men’s share of core and non-core housework. (American Sociological Review)

So what gives?

The scientists found that happiness, religion, gender ideology, and a range of other variables did not affect the relationship between more traditional divisions of labor and more frequent sexual activity.

Interestingly, previous research has found that women’s marital satisfaction increases as men participate more in overall household labor, and that includes traditionally female chores. But this study seems to indicate that such satisfaction does not translate into more sex.

The basic takeaway seems to be that even as the world becomes more gender neutral in the 21st century, gender and traditional gender roles remain important cues for human behavior.

Categories: General
Eric Berger

5 Responses

  1. Zeke says:

    My ex would bitch at me about doing chores around the house, then wonder why I wasn’t interested in banging her when all i wanted to do after that bullshit was sleep. That’s why she’s an ex.

  2. Ryan A says:

    In my house sex IS a chore…

  3. JH says:

    It would be more interesting if the study included whether or not the men who do more household chores were initiating sex less often and if so, why. This states an outcome but not a cause.

  4. AJ says:

    Well I guess I’m all done making the bed looking for points.

  5. Pam B. says:

    Great.. Now men will use this “study” as an excuse not to pitch in with household chores….